Three convicted over teen killing

Three convicted over teen killing
Three teenagers have been convicted of killing Stockholm teenager Riccardo Campogiani in an attack outside a Kungsholmen party venue last autumn.

The trio, who were all sixteen at the time of the killing last October, were convicted of serious assault and manslaughter and sentenced to three years’ youth detention. A fourth boy was cleared of all charges. A fifth boy was convicted of incitement to commit assault and was sentenced to serve a period in youth detention.

The violent circumstances of Campogiani’s death led to nationwide protests against street violence in the weeks following the killing.

The assault took place on the night of 5th October, when Campogiani came to blows with another boy. Prosecutors said that Campogiani was hit by the other boy, after which he retaliated.

Campogiani then ran away from the scene, but he was followed by a group of youths. At Kungsholmens Hamnplan he was hit again and fell to the ground. A number of the teenagers who had followed him kicked Campogiani on his head and upper body as he lay on the ground.

Campogiani’s heart had stopped beating by the time the ambulance arrived. Doctors managed to restart his heart after he arrived at hospital, but later diagnosed massive brain haemmoraging. The teenager died less than two days after being admitted to hospital.

A week after the attack, 10,000 people gathered in Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården to demonstrate against street violence. Smaller demonstrations were held elsewhere in Sweden.

Prosecutor Jens Nilsson had argued that all four boys should be convicted for murder. He told the court that the four boys had acted jointly in killing Campogiani and demanded they receive the maximum sentence of four years’ detention.

The fifth boy was convicted for assaulting Campogiani and another teenager at an earlier stage in the fight. He was also prosecuted for encouraging his friends to attack Campogiani.

All those prosecuted in the case claimed to be innocent and argued that they should be acquitted.